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Private gift to support asphalt research at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 15, 2005) -- The National Asphalt Laboratory, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, received a $25,000 private gift in July. The gift was made by Trip Morris, president and CEO of Cem-Base Corporation of Twinsburg, Ohio. It will be used to support research of soil stabilization in pavement design.

Soil stabilization is a process wherein additives, such as concrete or lime, are combined with the soil to enhance its stiffness. This enables the soil to better support a pavement structure like a road.

The National Asphalt Lab, a $2.5 million facility to be located in Lancaster, Ohio, will enhance the work of the Russ College's Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) and its Advanced Pavement Load Facility (APLF) - also located in Lancaster.

"Cem-Base Inc. is proud to be a part of pavement research at Ohio University," said Morris, a 1976 civil engineering graduate. "The pavement load facility in Lancaster is world-class, and I'm sure soil stabilization will become a preferred soil improvement method with the research results to be determined by such a recognized source," he said.

Ohio has the fourth largest road network in the nation, but the state currently has no major facility to respond to the challenges of new pavement design concepts, products, and materials.

"We are most appreciative of private sector contributions to the Ohio National Asphalt Lab. Trip Morris' contribution not only highlights the value of collaboration and partnership, but will help position Ohio University to greatly improve pavement systems in Ohio," said Shad Sargand, director of the APLF and associate director of ORITE.

ORITE conducts basic and applied research and provides service and technology transfer to government agencies, the community, and the private sector. The existing facility and laboratory are state-of-the-art and unique in this region. The APLF develops and researches instrumentation for monitoring asphalt in the field.

ORITE also has installed instrumentation to test pavement performance in several Ohio roads, including US 23 in Delaware County, US 33 in Logan County, and the new WAY30 project in Wayne County.

WAY30 is a road construction project on US Route 30 in Wayne County, city of Wooster. "WAY30" comes from the Ohio Department of Transportation's DOT format for naming projects, using a three-letter county abbreviation followed by the route number.

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Media Contacts: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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